Double Battle Axe IPA | Kelsen Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
73 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay
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Double Battle Axe IPADouble Battle Axe IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kelsen Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
kelsenbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer uses a “damn the cost” approach to recipe design. We use over 6 lbs of hops per BBL with a majority of those hops being used in late whirlpool additions and dry hopping. Following our steadfast commitment to drinkability in our beers, the abundance of hops produces a significant citrusy aroma and creates a unique “hop nectar” flavor that will surely satisfy the Imperial IPA aficionado. This beer also has a very light, dry malt profile that allows the intense hop flavors to explode from the glass.

Added by johnnnniee on 06-17-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
14.47%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of njcraftguy
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another solid brew from Kelsen. I have family in NH and have been lucky enough to enjoy many great brews from Kelsen and Stoneface. Both excellent brewery's producing tasty brews and this is one of them. Smooth to drink - could drink many of these. Well done.

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Photo of BigAl1011
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a full body brew. While kicking in the hopes flavor it is smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of Happyyb
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Yanks017
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of datalager
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of waiting4lunch
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brewandbbq
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Thirsty Moose.

Hazy dark copper with minimal head and lacing. Pine and malt in the nose with some chipped toffee. On the slick side of medium bodied and a bit chewy. Sweet malt and piney hops on the palate. Finishes a bit sweet with pine-rubbed caramel.

I prefer a drier, more vibrantly hoppy IIPA.

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Photo of DNICE555
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of braican
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. No date on the bottle, but I purchased it about a month ago.

L: Pours a clear amber orange with a small head. Leaves decent lacing down the side.

S: Dank, earthy hop character. Sweet caramel, mango, some citrus. Aroma is probably my favorite part about this.

T: Starts out super bitter, but does mellow out a bit after a few sips. Taste doesn't really follow the smell; it's very sweet toffee and caramel up front but finishes with that huge resinous bitterness that I am not the biggest fan of. A bit vegetal and some grapefruit on the palate as well. The bitterness lingers for a bit. I'm not getting any alcohol flavor.

F: I would have expected a malty, sweet, 9% DIPA to be thick and syrupy. Not the case here; this beer is crazy smooth and very drinkable. Finishes fairly dry.

O: The more I drank, the more I enjoyed Double Battle Axe, but that'll happen with a 9% bomber. There were some very nice elements in the aroma and the feel of the beer; it was just a little bit unbalanced to that bitterness side for my taste. It was enjoyable enough, but I'm not sure that I would seek this out again.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this bottle!

A - Deep copper gold color with gentle carbonation and a moderately soapy, white lacing ring.

S - Nose is very weak and it's hard to pull anything out (wish I had more to offer here).

T - Spicy citrus and well balanced.

M - Medium body.

O - Very "East Coast" in character but the spicy character eventually builds and makes this IPA very enjoyable.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Justin82
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of erniethebeermonster
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice great hop profile

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Photo of HeadyRebekah
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of riderwbd
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bierman9
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a growler of this last Saturday (19DEC15) for $16. Going to quaff a pint or 2 today (26DEC15) out on the back deck.

Filled an Imperial nonic with the libation. It's a clear brew, a striking, medium golden hue, with some scattered carbo meandering about. The head is a creamy, frothy dollop of off-white foam. It started out at about 1/2" but has ebbed to a 1/8" layer, with great lacing sticking to the glass. It has an inviting aroma, with a little toasty malt and a lot of pithy hopping. It is quite smooth on the tongue, and the body is a solid medium.

Flavor-wise, a touch of toasty malt and light caramel alight on the palate at the outset. But soon after that Double Battle Axe lays waste to all suggestions of sweetness and throws down a plethora of lupulins. There's some pineapple and grapefruit present, along with some orange rind, resiny pine and more pithy bitterness. Am rather enjoying this one, and I can feel a bit of a warming effect, especially on this 50°F day in southern NH. Prosit!!

4.21/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1793

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Photo of ZEB89
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of InspectorBob
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vegtal, Toffee, Herbal, Yeast

Three sips in and we are still waiting for this beer to pop, the alcohol is there and noticeable but the hop character sort of falters. Big toffee sweetness battles it out with the wavering hop bitterness and flavor, the hops do come out ahead but not by much. Even the color is not what we had expected, darker than we wanted to see ... perhaps this one should have simply been dubbed an American Strong Ale. Aside from all of this, decent drinking with this one.

STYLE: Double IPA | ABV: 9.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #95 (DEC 2014)

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Photo of smi69
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayF562
2.49/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Smell is muted a lot by the large malt presence. Color is fairly dark, not my preference in a dipa. Beer seems overly bitter, followed by mostly malt a slight pine hop flavor. Some band aid off flavor as well. I wouldn't buy this again. Save your money.

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Photo of rjp217
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattycasey
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Double Battle Axe IPA from Kelsen Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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